6 weeks till Christmas

Yes, it’s that time again, whether we want to face it or not. If we plan to make gifts for the holiday season it is time to start thinking on it now.  Over the last few weeks it seems like I have done nothing but document and photograph all the lovely new yarns we have been amassing.  If you are wondering what you might do with them, here are some ideas.

Like last year, I will publish some knit possibilities each week till a week before Santa shows, then you’re on your own.  This week Fingering (sometimes called Sock) weight yarn will be the feature and we will get chunkier as time runs shorter.
Away we go!

Leftie by Martina Behm

A whimsical design for a shawl that gives you plenty of opportunity to play with colour.  Buy the pattern on ravelry.  Yarn suggestion Madelinetosh Sock.

Ribbed Hand Warmers can be found on the Purl Bee.

The pattern is free! Beautifully simple, and easy to do if you know your way around double pointed needles.  Good for gals or guys. Yarn recommendation – Handmaiden Casbah, because merino and cashmere is so soft on the hands.

Bow Tie is a free pattern from Knit Picks

If you have an old school, or new-fangle-hipster-type in your life then they may very well want one of these.  So fast to knit too! Try  Indigodragonfly Sock yarn, we have a lovely red that would be classic!

Striped Elf Hat by Anna Daku

This adorable ribbed topper with chin fastener has “favorite hat” written all over it. Fits a 12 monther, and it is free on ravelry. For a self-stripping effect use Noro Silk Garden Sock.  For something ridiculously soft yet still magically washable try Anzula Cloud

Immie Tee by Carrie Bostick Hoge, which you can purchase care of Quince and Co.

This cutie-pie sweater is a more challenging knit, but worth the effort.  If you are lamenting that it only fits pint sizes – then lament no more you can find a grown up version here.   The yarn recommendation is is Elitespun Fingering weight Merino.  One of my favorites for softness and wearability, this yarn is not a hand-dye and it’s consistent colouring will show off the fancy stitchery.

Brick Road Cowl can be purchased from ravelry or from Madelinetosh

What a lovely and also easy bit of colour-work knitting!  Find two complimentary Madelinetosh Merino Light colours and make this outstanding cowl for all the ladies on your list.

Boxy by Joji Locatelli

You can purchase it on ravelry here. This very fashionable sweater might need to be a present to yourself or someone equally special.  Make it with Madelinetosh Merino Light like the auteur did and you will not be sorry.  Merino Light is a soft single ply with a little bit of sheen and lends itself beautifully to garments that drape like this one.

Sock Yarn Sweater by Hannah Fettig

You can purchase this adorable sweater from the Knit Cafe along with many other Knitbot patterns.  The sweater fits 0-6 months all the way to 16 years – Wow!  Yarn suggestion – Koigu kpppm.  This hand-dyed yarn will make a very cheerful sweater for all your wee friends.

Basic Ribbed Sock by Kate Atherley, who will be teaching the Knit in Colour Class here at the KC on December 2nd.

I couldn’t have a post devoted to sock yarn projects without including an actual sock project! Here is a great fitting pair suitable for women size 5 to men size 9.5.  I recommend Lorna’s Laces Sock or Indigodragonfly Sock for these, both have a little nylon in the merino mix which will make the socks last longer.

Next time – DK/Sport Weight!

Craftily yours
Kristin

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